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GET GOING with VIDEOS: Your handy guide to San Diego's top events!

On Stage

Many theaters are wrapping up their 2010 - 2011 seasons, but there are plenty of other options to fill the gap. The Old Globe has two new productions.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, through June 5, the theater hosts Alan Ayckbourn's U.S. premiere of "Life of Riley." The hilarious comedy examines how George Riley's closest friends deal with the news of his impending death. Cost: $29 - $56.

Beginning Saturday, May 7, you'll have five weeks to catch the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama -- "August: Osage County." This "modern day masterpiece" examines the dysfunctional dynamics of a family reunited under unpleasant events. Cost: $29 - $56.

Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class" opens Friday, May 6 at the 10th Avenue Theatre, located at 930 10th Ave in San Diego. This look at the American class system is studded with harsh realities, yet its conflicting views of the American Dream are hilariously amusing. Cost: $15 to $25 -- or pay what you can on Sunday, May 8.

Travel from Argentina to South Asia with two special performances at the Balboa Theatre. On Friday, May 6 sit back and enjoy King Clave and Leo Dan, two legendary Argentinean entertainers, as they perform several Spanish musical numbers. Cost: $51 - $97. Then on Saturday, May 7, support UCSD students raise funds to help prevent sex-trafficking of young girls, by enjoying a diverse evening full of music, dance, and drama -- the 19th Annual Culture Show: Taal Se Taal Mila. Cost: $18.

Need a Laugh?

Tonight at the Whistle Stop Bar, the F*** Alt Comedy troupe featuring comedians Jonathan Fraser, April Ventura, Matt Burke, Bob Hansen, Dan Venti, Rajan Dharni, and Christian Spicer kicks off its monthly free show at 9 pm.

Brew Ha Ha Comedy Entertainment brings back one of their most requested headliners, Anita Milner on Friday, May 6, at Island Juice, 6784 El Cajon Blvd. Cost: Free. Check out Milner's comedy clip from her Pechanga performances:


Rajan Dharni and Christian Spicer continue their Monday night tradition with "Live Comedy Live" on May 9. The evening's headliner, Paul Ogata, is an HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central regular. Laughs begin at 8:30 pm at Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in University Heights. Cost: Free.

Film Related

The Institute of the Americas at UCSD presents a look at the narco-cartel world in Columbia by examining the violence of the cocaine industry and its national soccer team's ascent. "The Two Escobars" is a documentary unlike any other, about the collision of the drug world with the sports world. May 4 at 6:30 pm. Cost: Free



Also, tonight, May 4, get into the "Cinco de Mayo" mood with Jack Black's comedy about a Mexican priest who by night dons a mask and partakes in wrestling -- "Nacho Libre" plays poolside at the Pearl Hotel Dive-In Movie Theater. Movie begins at 8 pm. Admission: Free, but bring some cash for food and drinks!

Leave your mother at home for this one! On Thursday, May 5 through Saturday, May 7 relive the original terror of Alfred's Hitchcock's "Psycho" playing 8:30 pm at Cinema Under the Stars, 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Cost: $14 - $15.

The Sierra Club is having a potluck along with a special screening of the first installation of BBC's "Planet Earth". Explore the arctic and antarctic poles, the mountains, and the waters of the world on Friday, May 6 Potluck starts at 6 pm and the movie begins at 6:30 pm. Sierra Club offices at 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #101. They are also looking for movie activist volunteers! Cost: Free.

Special Events

It's Cinco de Mayo on Thursday. Many San Diegans will head over to Old Town to join in the celebration. However, bars and restaurants throughout town will celebrate the occasion with many drink specials - keep an eye out for Jim Winsor's Out and About column tomorrow for details!

Here's your chance to taste delicious creations from more than 55 of San Diego’s best chefs, all for a great cause. It's the annual Mama's Day Foodie Gala on Friday, May 6. Help raise proceeds for Mama's Kitchen from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Cost: $125 - $250.

The Center's Women's Fest 2011 is a free day-long festival celebrating women, with workshops, educational resources, and entertainment. Plus, a special live performance by the San Diego Women's Chorus. The fun starts at 10 am on Saturday, May 7 at the San Diego Gay & Lesbian Center, 3909 Centre St in Hillcrest.

Join San Diego LGBT Pride and America's Finest City Softball League (AFCSL) for the annual OUT at the Park baseball game at PETCo Park on Saturday, May 7. Cheer on the Padres as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, plus get a free bobblehead. Game starts at 5:35 pm. Cost: $15.

Craving something sweet? Head on over to the San Diego Botanic Garden for the Chocolate Festival on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations about chocolate, and several activities. Cost: varies depending on number of tastings.

After the baseball game, head over to Adams Avenue where businesses will be staying open late and holding special activities for Night on Adams. This Saturday, May 7 from 6 - 10 pm, you can check out everything from store-wide sales to tea ceremonies, drink specials, and much more.

At some point between Friday, May 6 and Sunday, May 8 head on over to Spanish Landing Park on North Harbor for the 10th Annual Gator by the Bay- the Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish festival, which showcases music, food, dance, and "8000 pounds of crawfish straight from Louisiana." Cost: $30.


Ongoing ...

If you missed the deadline to participate in Pride, there's still a chance to be a part of the Pride Parade Marching Band. Jim Tompkins-MacLaine is recruiting band enthusiasts to join him and 30 others to march in the parade. Please contact him directly at (619) 991-5299.

The National Comedy Theatre (NCT) in Hillcrest features comedic performances to "Whose Line is it Anyway?" The audience picks the games, helps comedians call the fouls, and ultimately decides which team is the evening's winner. And it's CLEAN! Appropriate for all ages and no drink minimums. NCT performances are every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm. Thursdays are College Team Nights at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, shows begin at 8 pm. Cost: $8 - $15.

Balboa Park is one of America’s Coolest Parks! Check it out for free on Tuesdays, with complimentary admission for San Diego residents and military personnel.

GET GOING is a weekly feature highlighting San Diego’s best events with an emphasis on, but not limited to, theater, dance, music, comedy, politics, films and museums. Submit notices by e-mail prior to our Wednesday publication date to Staff Writer Esther Rubio-Sheffrey at esther@sdgln.com.